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The Sharia of Moses in the TORA
Part 2 - The 365 Prohibitions of the Tora

65 - BREAKING DOWN HOUSES OF WORSHIP


Deuteronomy 12:2-4 -- 2 “You shall utterly destroy all the places where the nations which you shall dispossess served their gods, on the high mountains and on the hills and under every green tree. 3 And you shall destroy their altars, break their sacred pillars, and burn their wooden images with fire; you shall cut down the carved images of their gods and destroy their names from that place. 4 You shall not worship the LORD your God with such things.”

According to the “Mishneh Torah”, the law against destroying sacred writings “applies only to Scriptures written by an Israelite, conscious of their sacred character. But if an Israelite who is an infidel writes a scroll of the Torah, it is to be burnt with all the Names of God contained therein. The reason is that he does not believe in the sanctity of the Divine Name, and did not write the scroll as a religious duty, but regarded it as being like any other writing. This being his view, the Divine Name which he wrote never became holy. It is therefore a religious duty to burn the scroll, so as to leave no record of infidels or of their works.”*

* Mishneh Torah, Mada, Hilchoth Yesode ha-Torah VI, 8

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